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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the John F. Burnum Papers MSS.3684


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

September 2012


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Collection Title:

John F. Burnum papers

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


5.0 Linear feet


after 1930


Collection of published articles, including correspondence relating to, drafts of, and research for the articles, as well as newspaper and journal articles that interested Dr. Burnum, photographs of colleagues and groups, certificates of achievement, and tax information.


Burnum, John F. , Dr.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Mrs. John F. Burnum (Celeste), August 2009

Preferred Citation:

John F. Burnum Papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Biographical/Historical note

John F. Burnum was born 26 September 1923, son of Paul F. and Susie M. Burnum, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He served in the US Army from 29 June 1943 to 14 July 1945, and fought at the Battle of the Bulge in the European theater. After receiving his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in the 1950s, he returned to his hometown to start an internal medicine practice.

Renowned for his bedside manner, Dr. Burnum received the American College of Physicians' Ralph O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award in 1992 for devotion of a career in internal medicine to the care of patients. He also received the Alabama chapter's Laureate Award in 1992, as well as several other recognitions throughout his career.

Dr. Burnum spent 45 years in private practice. Following his retirement in 1999, he became a full-time faculty member at the University of Alabama's College of Community Health Sciences, which he helped establish more than 30 years ago. He continued to work until a few weeks before his death.

Dr. Burnum died peacefully in his sleep on 5 August 2005, in Tuscaloosa.

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Need to verify this, but it appears that Dr. Burnum wrote on the back of patient information sheets.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection includes (in five boxes; temp location 75-046 Boxes 1-2; temp location 75-047 Boxes 3-5): - multiple reprints of Dr. Burnum's published articles (we kept 3 copies of each article and the rest will be returned to Mrs. Burnum per her request) - drafts of the articles - research for the articles - newspaper and journal articles that interested Dr. Burnum - correspondence relating to published articles - photographs of colleagues and groups - certificates of achievement - tax information


Health, Medicine and Welfare (local)

Box 1 Box 1

Box 2 Box 2

Box 3 Box 3

Box 4 Box 4

Box 5 Box 5